Resilience Toolbox

Resilience tools can be useful for a wide range of practitioners but it can be hard to find the right tool for the job. We have assessed a wide range of tools, which are listed below, mapped by the resilience value they add at different stages of the infrastructure lifecycle. Use the filters to break down the results by sector and user type.

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RELi

The Resilience Action List (RELi) standard



Infrastructure owners, designers, community groups, environmental organisations, constructors, regulators, policy makers, etc.

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RELi  

The Resilience Action List (RELi) standard

The RELi 2.0 Rating System (RELi 2.0) is a holistic, resilience-based rating system that combines innovative design criteria with the latest in integrative design processes for next-generation neighborhoods, buildings, homes and infrastructure. By selectively bundling existing sustainable and regenerative guidelines with RELi’s ground-breaking credits for emergency preparedness, adaptation, and community vitality, RELi 2.0 is the most comprehensive reference guide and certification available anywhere for socially and environmentally resilient design and construction.

Since 2017, RELi has been managed by the U.S. Green Building Council, Inc. (USGBC) which, in conjunction with Market Transformation to Sustainability, is leading the evolution of RELi 2.0 to synthesize the LEED Resilient Design pilot credits with RELi’s Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation credits. RELi 2.0 certification is based on a point system. The number of points that a project earns determines the certification level it receives.

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Infrastructure owners, designers, community groups, environmental organisations, constructors, regulators, policy makers, etc.

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Type – Free to download

Maturity

Region

Key aims Resilience

Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
Various

RVR

Resilience Value Realization



Infrastructure owners, designers, community groups, environmental organisations, constructors, regulators, policy makers, etc…

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RVR  

Resilience Value Realization

The Resilience Value Realization (RVR) methodology was developed by ValueLabs through funding from The Rockefeller Foundation to be used by city governments with project owners identified.

RVR is a customized approach to project planning, pre-development, and development that was designed to identify, catalyze and protect the delivery of resilience value to public and private stakeholders in a project. The RVR approach comprises working with project teams and resilience champions to be very specific about how the opportunity can create resilience and to address, as an integral part of project development, any challenges impacting the delivery of resilience value. The workshop is structured to start with understanding where things are today, then asks participants to develop an opportunity statement around where they want to be in the future, which leads to development of a roadmap for realizing that opportunity.

The tool is flexible and has also been used to identify and empower a project owner.
This tool is delivered as a workshop, but requires pre-work including interviews, data gathering, and data representation (drawings, maps, figures, etc.). This tool can be used in all geographic regions.

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Infrastructure owners, designers, community groups, environmental organisations, constructors, regulators, policy makers, etc…

Type – An approach set out in a book

Maturity

Region

Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
Marcela Ruibal

Resilence Atlas



Assets owner / managers / operators

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Resilence Atlas  

The Resilience Atlas was developed with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation to identify where projects should take place and allow users to derive insights of their own based on data. The developers believed that policymakers and donors needed to know where problems were occurring to know where to make investments.

The Resilience Atlas is an interactive analytical tool for building:

  1. Understanding of the extent and severity of some of the key stressors and shocks that are affecting rural livelihoods, production systems, and ecosystems in the Sahel, Horn of Africa and South and Southeast Asia;
  2. Insights into the ways that different types of wealth and assets (i.e. natural capital, human capital, social capital, financial capital and manufactured capital) and combinations among these – impact resilience in particular contexts.

The tool is a web-based open source mapping platform.

To date, the tool has been used at the national level, but there are opportunities to use the data at a more localized level. Data is available for all countries. This tool is primarily used in places where capacity for remote sensing and GIS is lower. “

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Assets owner / managers / operators

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Type – Open Source

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Key aims Risk/Resilience

Sector-specific? Yes

Equitable Origin

Equitable Origin Platform

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Equitable Origin  

Equitable Origin Platform

Tool 1: EO100™ Standard for Responsible Energy Development

The EO100™ Standard for Responsible Energy Development provides a framework for implementing and verifying enhanced environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance, greater transparency, more accountability, and better outcomes for local stakeholders in energy development projects. The EO100™ Standard represents leading industry practices and references international standards for evaluating site-level ESG performance of energy and energy infrastructure projects.

The EO100™ Standard encompasses the following Principles:

  • Corporate Governance, Transparency & Ethics
  • Human Rights, Social Impact & Community Development
  • Indigenous People’s Rights
  • Fair Labor & Working Conditions
  • Climate Change, Biodiversity & Environment

Tool 2: Equitable Origin Platform

The Equitable Origin (EO) Platform is a one-stop resource that provides energy companies, utilities, investors, and corporate power purchasers with essential tools to effectively implement and track due diligence and compliance within their operations, supply chains, and investment portfolios. The EO100™ Performance Assessment provides a quick, easy, and efficient way to measure the performance of energy and energy infrastructure projects and suppliers of energy against a comprehensive and customizable range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) indicators.

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Type – Open source

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Key aims Risk&Sustainability

Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
Equitable Origin

Envision




Infrastructure owners, designers, community groups, environmental organisations, constructors, regulators, policy makers

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Envision  

Envision is a groundbreaking resource for professionals involved in planning, designing, building, maintaining civil infrastructure. As a rating system for sustainable infrastructure, Envision is supported by a wide array of respected organisations involved in infrastructure design, construction, and operation.

Envision provides guidance on sustainable best practices at no cost to users, and serves not only as a planning and design tool, but also as means of evaluating infrastructure project once complete.

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Infrastructure owners, designers, community groups, environmental organisations, constructors, regulators, policy makers

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Type – Open Source - but certification cerification validation costs

Maturity

Region

Key aims Sustainability

Sector-specific? Yes

EDGe$

Economic Decision Guide Software


Public Community Planners and Resilience officers. Local government

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EDGe$  

Economic Decision Guide Software

NIST had created EDGe$, based on the process found in the Community Resilience Economic Decision Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems (EDG) and designed for use in conjunction with the NIST Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems (CRPG). EDGe$ is intended for community planners, resilience and budget officers, and the public.

The tool provides a transparent and flexible economic methodology based on best-practices for evaluating investment decisions aimed at improving the ability of communities to adapt to, withstand, and quickly recover from natural, technological, and human-caused disruptive events. The tool helps to identify and compare the relevant present and future resilience costs and benefits associated with new capital investment alternatives versus maintaining a community’s status-quo.

The case studies cited in the user manual are derived from the United States and the tool was developed with the United States context in mind.

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Public Community Planners and Resilience officers. Local government

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Type – Open Source

Maturity

Region

Key aims Resilience

Sector-specific? Yes

City Scan

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City Scan  

Rapid urbanization is transforming the planet and the way we live. For the first time in history, more people live in cities than in rural areas, and 90 percent of this urban expansion is taking place in developing countries. Urbanization, if managed well, can help reduce poverty and increase prosperity, as cities can accelerate growth, attract investment, spur innovation and enhance productivity. Poorly managed urbanization, however, can exacerbate existing challenges – including insecure livelihoods, inadequate provision of infrastructure and services, poor urban and systems planning, inadequate oversight of land use and building standards – and leave cities more vulnerable to natural hazards.

In this context, the World Bank Group’s (WBG) City Resilience Program (CRP) is an effort to engage city governments in a long-term partnership to identify areas of need and opportunity and to define a robust response towards building resilience. A broad coalition of experts and working groups accompanies each city-level engagement from program design to implementation to ensure an integrated, risk-informed and spatially driven approach.

The CRP has developed an assessment tool and framework that provides a rapid assessment of the critical development challenges that cities face using publicly available data. The City Scan aims to serve as a conversation starter between the World Bank task team and client city to assess cities’ investment priorities and financing needs in six broad areas, namely: (i) population trends, (ii) city competitiveness and economic growth, (iii) access to infrastructure and public services, (iv) urban transport and mobility, (v) climate mitigation, and (vi) municipal finance and institutions. Each of these areas is informed by various sources of global flood risk information to integrate the needs and challenges of both the built and natural environments.

In addition, other supplementary information (i.e., pedestrian and public transport accessibility, building footprints, and historic and near-real time flood monitoring, among others), in collaboration with different spatial data and remote sensing service providers, are considered in this assessment to tailor fit the City Scan to cities’ specific investment needs. The City Scan is currently being piloted in 14 cities in Sub-Saharan Africa, and is anticipated to be scaled up to other regions in the next phase of engagement.

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Key aims Risk

Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
World Bank

CAESAR

Cascading Effect Simulation in Urban Areas to Access and Increase Resilience

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CAESAR  

Cascading Effect Simulation in Urban Areas to Access and Increase Resilience

The Tool CAESAR (Cascading Effect Simulation in urban Areas to assess and increase Resilience) addresses the need to better understand the cascading effects of major disasters in connected and interdependent urban infrastructure systems. CAESAR has the capacity to identify the most vulnerable components within individual infrastructure grids and it allows to assess potential damages within the grid as well as within coupled grids. In addition, the tool is capable to simulate mitigation strategies and their effectiveness beyond single grid boundaries. Required input parameters can be adjusted to the level of the available information enabling analyses on varying levels of detail. The tool can be applied to vital infrastructure grids such as energy, transport and telecommunication.

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Type – Commercial off shelf

Maturity

Region

Key aims Slightly towards resilience focus but only seems to really focus on interdependencies and cascading disaster not normal time performance and other system behaviours. Can be used to analyse risk in scenario analysis

Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
Fraunhhofer EMI

CRI

City Resilience Index




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CRI  

City Resilience Index

The City Resilience Index is the first comprehensive tool for cities to understand and assess their resilience, enhancing their ability to build sound strategies and plans for a strong future. Through an online platform, it uses a comprehensive, holistic framework that is applicable at the city scale – one that combined the physical aspects of cities with intangible aspects associated with human behaviour which are often relevant in the context of economic, physical and social disruption. It is developed by Arup with support from The Rockefeller Foundation.

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Infrastructure owners, designers, community groups, environmental organisations, constructors, regulators, policy makers, etc…

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Type – Online Tool

Maturity

Region

Key aims Resilience&Sustainability

Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
ARUP

GRRASP

Geospatial Risk and Resilience Assessment Platform

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GRRASP  

Geospatial Risk and Resilience Assessment Platform

Geospatial Risk and Resilience Assessment Platform (GRRASP) is a World Wide Web oriented architecture bringing together geospatial technologies and computational tools for the analysis and simulation of critical infrastructures. It allows information sharing and constitutes a basis for future developments in the direction of collaborative analysis and federated simulation. It takes on board security concerns in the information sharing process, thanks to its ability to manage users and roles consistently. Based entirely on open source technologies, the system can also be deployed in separate servers and used by EU Member States as a means to facilitate the analysis of risk and resilience in critical infrastructures.

GRRASP can be used for the analysis of complex networked systems taking into consideration cross-sectoral and cross-border interdependencies. It can be used for analyses of CI disruptions at local, regional, national, international level. GRRASP follows a tiered approach according to which Tier 1 modules can be used for the analysis of critical infrastructures at sectoral level, Tier 2 modules for cross-sectoral analyses (interdependencies), and finally Tier 3 modules for high level economic impact of CI disruption at state level.

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Type – Download unavailable

Maturity

Region

Key aims Risk and resilience

Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
European Commission